­­Appoint one person to co­ordinate

­­See that each group has the the acts and to keep in contact necessary equipment with the performers.

­­Set up equipment on the day

­­Ask several groups (individuals) before the Town Meeting. to perform. Be sure to keep in

­­Check the sound system before contact with them and to the Town Meeting begins. reconfirm their intentions.

­­Select and borrow tapes or

­­Plan for the acts to be a total of records to play during registration 15­25 minutes. and after the closing (you might consider live entertainment as well).

­­Begin the entertainment with instrumental music while lunch

­­Secure a tape recorder and/or record is being served and end with system person.

the group that will most encourage the participation of the whole Town Meeting

­­Appoint someone to be in charge of playing the music. player and co­ordinate with sound


Tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home

The spirit of man must shine again, or else the light Will never have the chance again to do what's right Mistakes were made, the times were bad, But now we must push on ahead Or destroy ourselves in the ultimate blow­out.

The spirit of man is on the rise in the universe There is marching on our nations' lands Arise, arise, We'll all turn out, We'll all be there We' 11 show our country we really care, When the spirit or man is on the rise ror all.

Our ghetto scenes are war machines, were wrong we know And ir we turn our backs on them They'll grow and grow So listen, Brothers, one and all, We must unite or else we'll fall. The spirit of man is on the rise again.

Written at State Farm Town Meeting,

Powhatan and James River Correctional Centers,

State Farm, Virginia, May 31, 1975


Tune: l~hen the Saints oo Marching In Tune: You are My Sunshine

Into this land so vast and green We were a mixture of many peoyles,

Our tathers came to build a dream. We came to claim the right to live.

Through war and peace they worked We found each other,

together We worked together,

It was a great 200 years. We became the envy of all.

Oh, we are now in times ot strire Today we wonder where we are going,

We're at the crossroads Ol our fire. We fight and falter, we lose our way,

It's time to make that great decision We now are asking what is of value,

To shape the next 200 years. For the tuture's fresh dawning day.

Oh, we are one. We share the earth To build a future for every neighhor,

We give our lives Lor its rebirth. To see ourselves as friend to all'

We'll be a sign to all the nations To love the land and share it wisely,

ror the next 200 years. Will make the whole world very small.

Written at Clarksburg Town Meeting Written at T.acev Town Meeting

West Virginia, March 22, 1975 Washington, ktebruarv 1, lq75


O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain. America' America' God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness. America' America' God mend shine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life. America' America' May God thy gold refine, 'Til all success be nobleness, And every gain Divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears. America' America' God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea'


I have often walked down this street before But the pavement's always st~ved beneath my feet before. All at once am I several stories high, Knowing I'm on the street where you live.

Are there lilac trees in the heart of town? Can you hear a lark in any other part of town? Does enchantment pour out of every door? No, it's just on the street where you live.

And, oh, the towering feeling Just to know somehow you are near, The overpowering feeling That any moment you may suddenly appear.

People stop and stare, they don't bother me For there's nowhere else on earth that I would rather be. Let the time go by, I don't care if I Can be here on the street where you live.


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The procurement of Materials and Supplies offers the Sponsor an important opportunity to secure a broad base of support within the community. All across the country the business community, schools, churches, and individuals have participated in Town Meeting through the donation or loan of materials, supplies, and equipment.

The following is a composite listing that gives an overall view of all the supplies needed for A Town Meeting. Sponsors report that they have found such a listing to be particularly helpful when asking for donations. At a glance, a prospective donor can select those items he is able to provide.


4 rolls of masking tape 52 sheets of red and blue poster

250 pencils, sharpened paper 22" x 32"

24 broad­tip marking pens (red and blue) 2 large rolls of masking tape

4 rulers 6­10 small jars of rubber cement

4 staplers, staples 15 rolls of black photographic tape

4 electric typewriters (capable of typing V wide

stencils; similar type face, if possible) Centerpiece Tables (5)

Extension cords, 3­way plugs blue table covers

15 reams of mimeo paper red scarves

3 lbs. mimeo ink (compatible with mimeo decorative objects: candles, gavels,

machines which will be used) Liberty Bells, ships, etc.

24 stencils Banner

1 stencil stylus materials for constructing a large

4 bottles correction fluid Town Meeting banner appropriate to

2 mimeograph machines (preferably with the facility

interchangeable stencils) Nametags ­ 250

TM' 76 Historic quotes provided by

FOOD the ICA staff on arrival

matertals for cold lunch

coffee, tea, cold drinks CHILD CARE

sugar, cream red and blue poster paper, drawing

doughnuts, or other snack poster paints, crayons, pencils

400 plates blocks, books, playdoh, etc.

600­1000 hotcups maps of world, nation, state, globe

600 napkins photos of community, old magazines

600 plastic spoons, forks, knives

15 garbage bags (trash can size) ENTERTAINMENT

dishcloths, handiwipes, paper towels microphone and sound system

dishwashing supplies extension cords

hand soap tapes or records

toilet paper tape recorder or record player


copies of Fistorical documents ICA consultants)

heritage prints Historic Quotes

photos of community Participants' Workbooka

maps of world, nation, state Song Sheets

ARBA posters Workshop data posting sheets

U.S. flag

*The above is not meant as an exhaustive list, and will need adapted to your situation.

If you don't care who gets the credit, you can accomplish anything.


To pursue the change now begun it becomes necessary to picture in realistic terms that society which has been the subject of dreams.


All the great civilizations had one thing in common, a positive image of the future infusing the present with purpose and expectation.


TOWN MEETING '76 is a program of community involvement developed by The Institute of Cultural Affairs; a world service organization. The ICA conducts training, demonstration and research programs concerned with the human factor in world development. The TOWN MEETING '76 format has been tested and refined in 47 diverse community settings.

The ICA is a not­for­profit corporation with tax exempt status registered in the State of Illinois.

The ICA has 101 offices around the world, 47 of which are located in the United States. Area centers are located in Bombay, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Copyright (3 1975, by THE INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS 4750 North Sheridan Road Chicago, Illinois 60640 Phone: 312/769~5635